Walla Walla County planning board to hear vineyard request

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WALLA WALLA — Two public hearings on proposed amendments to the county Comprehensive Plan will be before the Walla Walla County Planning Commission Wednesday.

The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in room 203 at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

The first application is from Norm McKibben to rezone 120 acres west of Peppers Bridge Road from Agricultural Residential to Rural Residential 5, which would allow five-acre minimum lots.

The original request called for rezoning 276.45 acres, but in a letter to Stephen Donovan, senior planner, McKibben said he wished to reduce the size of the requested rezone to mitigate complaints about the proposal.

In his letter, McKibben said the intent of the rezoning is to allow parcels of five acres that can be sold to wineries. There is no intent to place housing on the 120 acres in question, he said.

The second application is from Michael Witherspoon to remove the Unique Lands designation from four parcels of property totaling of 289 acres between Sun Harbor Drive and Agate Drive north of State Route 124 and south of Charbonneau Park on the Snake River.

The property currently has a land use designation of Primary Agriculture and is zoned as Primary Agriculture, 40-acre minimum lots.

The applications are on the final docket for 2012 Comprehensive Plan amendments. The Board of County Commissioners will make the final decision later this year to accept or deny the applications.

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